The first step to a more fulfilling life is understanding your body.
Each person has a unique physique and physical traits. In constitutional psychology, our bodies can be divided into three somatotypes.
These categories apply to men and women. In this article, we’ll explain each somatotype in greater detail.
What Do You Mean by Somatotype?
As defined by American psychologist William Herbert Sheldon, your somatotype is your body type.
Understanding your type can help you determine the perfect fitness routine and nutrition. In addition, somatotypes are associated with certain types of behavior.
In light of this, certain body types like mesomorphs need to be aware of their competitive spirit. Body types like ectomorphs may want to work on developing their assertive communication.
What Are The Three Types Of Somatotypes?
All people are born with a particular body composition and skeletal frame. But there are common characteristics that you can identify. In fact, you only need 3 somatotypes to group these universal physical traits.
The three main somatotypes are ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. Dr. William Sheldon introduced them in his text on constitutional psychology back in 1940. Since then, the theory has been useful in determining individual fitness routine and nutrition.
What Are 3 Different Body Types?
Here are the features that define ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs.
Most basketball players and fashion models fit the ectomorph category. They are quite tall and lean with minimal body fat. Ectos are not muscular and they might find it hard to put on weight.
This can be a plus or a frustration, depending on your fitness goals.
On the bright side, there are some quick exercises that can help ectos achieve their desired shape. Combine that with a great diet and you are bound to build some muscle.
There is a common belief that mesomorphs are genetically blessed. And this is true in some respects.
Their bodies are inherently muscular and strong. In addition, mesomorphs find it easy to lose and gain weight due to their metabolism. Female mesos usually have an hourglass figure and the males are adorned with broad shoulders and narrow hips.
You can safely assume that they are born for athletic activities. And mesomorphs usually get quick fitness results regardless of their routine.
Imagine a typical NFL lineman and you’ll see what an endomorph looks like.
In general, an endo body has a lot of both muscle and fat. They put on weight easily but shedding the excess pounds is a completely different ballgame. Most endomorphs tend to be a bit rounder than other types, but this doesn’t make them overweight.
For example, Marilyn Monroe is a good example of a female endomorph.
Which Body Type Is Aggressive?
According to Sheldon’s theory, physical characteristics go hand in hand with personality.
Sheldon suggests that mesomorphs are usually considered the most aggressive. Some may even argue that their uninhibited temperament makes them prone to problematic behavior and delinquency.
Either way, most mesos often display the traits of a “somotonic” personality. As defined by Dr. Sheldon, this means active, always on the go, and exceptional assertive.
It would be wrong to assume that a person would be prone to unacceptable behavior just because he or she is a mesomorph, since nurture plays just as big a role as nature. And Sheldon’s ideas are quite outdated by now.
To Sum Up
Getting to know your somatotype and everything that comes with it is just the tip of the iceberg. To let your full potential shine, you need a healthy balance of exercise and good food.
As Jon Butcher, Author of Mindvalley’s LifeBook Program says, “Everybody knows how to get in shape. Eat right and exercise more. That’s the bottom line.”
What is your somatotype? Don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below!